Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Our three-year BSc (Hons) Optometry course with integrated clinical experiences throughout, has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the practice of optometry and is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC). As an optometry student at Aston, you'll experience hands-on teaching with real patients, setting you up for a rewarding life-long profession that changes lives. From your first weeks you’ll learn about the internal structures of the eye and how to assess occular health, and as you move further into the course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Access our unique virtual patient simulators will help you to develop initial clinical skills.
  • Supervised hands-on clinical experience working with patients at the Aston Eye Clinic, based on our vibrant city centre campus.
  • Learn to conduct a wide range of tests and examinations across all aspects of eye care for people at all times of life; from paediatrics (children) to geriatric (older people) optometry.
  • Discover the range of specialist fields and areas of optometry from dry eye to low vision by observing specialist clinics led by experts.
  • Develop knowledge and experience in the fitting and aftercare of contact lenses.
  • Broaden your understanding of the role opticians play in the wider healthcare field by taking part in interdisciplinary learning.
Our blend of practical learning, world leading research, and links with industry mean that our graduates are highly sought after by major eye-care organisations that offer pre-registration posts. As a graduate you could enter your career in: hospitals, community-based or private practices, the optical industry, or optometry research. Key course benefits:
  • 1st in the UK for graduate salaries three years after graduation in Allied Health courses (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data, 2020).
  • 94.7% of students found the course intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • Students who achieve an overall average mark of at least 50% at the end of Year 3 can choose to continue with further study, leading to an MOptom qualification.

Course details


Year 1 Develop your knowledge of the scientific principles that underpin optometry, while acquiring a range of core clinical skills. Core modules: Medical Biology and Pathology, Clinical Practice 1, Basic Investigative Techniques, Clinical Visual Biology, Ophthalmic Lenses, Optics and Medical Imaging, Vision and Visual Perception, and Personal and Professional Development. Year 2 Gain skills in contact lens fitting, dispensing and binocular vision. You’ll also develop your ability to perform a full eye examination and manage patients. Core modules: Clinical Practice Development, Clinical Practice 2, Contact Lenses, Further Investigative Techniques, Ophthalmic Optics, and Vision Science and Research Methods. Final year See a wide range of patients in our public service clinic and gain experience in specialist optometry services. Develop further knowledge in areas such as ocular disease and abnormality as well as the professional skills required for a career in optometry. Core modules: Anterior Eye, Posterior Eye and General Ophthalmology, Binocular Vision and Paediatrics, Clinical Practice 3, Elective Studies, Ophthalmic Drugs, and Professional, Occupational and Low Vision. For more information, please visit our website.

Assessment method

Teaching methods on our optometry programmes are varied and include a wide range of lectures, tutorials, and practical and clinical skills sessions. You’ll learn and gain invaluable insight from practising optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and opticians specialising in dispensing, contact lenses and low vision. They will be there to supervise and support you during your time working in the public service clinics in small groups. This range of experiences will provide you with, not only the practical skills, but also the personal industry insight and human skills that will really set you apart in the job market after graduation. Each year of study is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements. Like our teaching, assessments are varied and include examinations, written reports, presentations, and assessment of practical and clinical performance, which includes regulations that are part of the Fitness to Practise scheme.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Optical Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Admissions Review Process/Applicant Interview Days All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated in our entry requirements. Find out more about our admissions policy on our website. Personal Statement: If you have a personal statement referring to another course, you will be required to email an Optometry related version. If you are shortlisted, you will receive an interview invitation which will be conducted virtually. The virtual interview is a compulsory element of the application process and no offer will be made without a successful interview being conducted first. When applying, please ensure you include an up to date email and telephone number as this is important information for us if you are shortlisted for interview. Further information about the interview and application process will be made available to you post-application.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £19700 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2022 entry. 2023 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
Optometry at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS